‘Female’ matchmaker was a guy
A conman posing as a female matchmaker to swindle money out men and women hoping to find suitable spouses has been arrested in Sharjah.
The man, who used the guise of Umm Reem (mother of Reem) offered a matchmaking service via social media in return for high fees ranging from Dhs60,000-70,000.
A police squad consisting of the Sharjah Investigation and Criminal Department and Dubai Police tracked the suspect.
Sharjah Police initially received a complaint from a woman who transferred a sum of money, via an exchange office, to the suspect after he convinced her he would find her a suitable husband. She told police that the suspect disappeared after he received the cash.
“The man, from Comoros, in his 20s, would move on to his next victims once he By Nawal Al Ramahi had received payment,” police spokesman.
Umm Reem’s identity was revealed after a bride-to-be got suspicious and went to the police. The man confessed to the crime and told prosecutors that he disguised himself as a female matchmaker online to swindle money out of women and men.
The case was then referred to the Public Prosecution pending trial.
Police warned the public to be vigilant against falling victim to bogus matchmakers advertising online or through social media.
They urged the public to report any incidents and to show caution on social networking sites. said a
CAUGHT: ‘Umm Reem’ pretended to be an older woman who ran a matchmaking business